I pride myself in helping clients through their toughest times.- Bill O’Mara
Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
Young Woman Severely Injured by Drunk Driver in Warren County, VA, Receives $350,000
By Mike Snellings, Norfolk Accident Injury Lawyer
I cringed when I read this story. Nothing good can arise from driving under the influence and/or driving on the wrong side of the highway. Head-on collisions produce so much force that the injuries associated with the wreck are typically catastrophic. That is what resulted when a drunk driver started driving down the wrong side of Route 522 in Warren County, Virginia.
An 18-year-old girl, was a passenger in a vehicle traveling northbound on Route 522 when a car struck them on head-on, as reported by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. The plaintiff’s injuries were life-threatening. After receiving initial treatment at a local hospital, she was airlifted to Fairfax Inova Hospital’s intensive care unit.
As a result of the wreck, this young woman suffered serious injuries. She fractured her pelvis, femur, and sacral. She required extensive orthopedic surgery to treat her injuries, as well as physical therapy to continue her recovery. The total amount of medical bills incurred by the plaintiff was reported to be $131,620. The wreck also left her unable to perform ballet or attend college, as she had intended.
The defendant faced charges for his decision to drive under the influence. He was convicted of felony maiming of another resulting from driving while intoxicated (Virginia Code § 18.2-51.4) – a class 6 felony.
Punitive Damages After Virginia DUI Wrecks
Injuries caused by driving under the influence occasionally give the victim the right to seek punitive damages. This generally occurs if the defendant’s actions amounted to willful and wanton disregard for the plaintiff’s rights. The punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant for his improper actions and deter the defendant and others in the community from acting in a similar way.
No two cases are the same and we cannot guarantee the result of a claim, but the case settled for $350,000 after four insurance policies provided their maximum policy limits. Congratulations to the plaintiff’s attorneys – Dickson Young and Justin Daniel of Whitestone Young in Fairfax – for wading through the complex insurance coverage waters and arriving at a favorable result for the plaintiff.
Drunk drivers injure innocent victims on the roadways each and every day. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, it is important to know your legal rights. Please call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757-455-0077 for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.
John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.
Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.
Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.
Cooper Hurley awards three $2,000 college scholarships annually to high school seniors in the Tidewater and Eastern Shore areas of Virginia. Eligible students can submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words on the subject of Distracted Driving. We established this program to aid worthy scholars and to raise awareness of the tragic consequences of distracted driving, which we encounter too often in our practice.